bus

1
[buhs]

noun, plural bus·es, bus·ses.

verb (used with object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.

to convey or transport by bus: to bus the tourists to another hotel.
to transport (pupils) to school by bus, especially as a means of achieving socioeconomic or racial diversity among students in a public school.

verb (used without object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.

to travel on or by means of a bus: We bused to New York on a theater trip.

Idioms

    throw under the bus. throw(def 57).

Origin of bus

1
1825–35; short for omnibus; (def 6) short for omnibus bar
Can be confusedbussed bust

bus

2
[buhs]

verb (used with or without object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.

to work or act as a busboy or busgirl: She bused for her meals during her student days.

Origin of bus

2
First recorded in 1830–40; back formation from busboy

bus.

Mosbacher

[maws-bak-er, mos-]

noun

Emil, Jr.Bus, 1922–1997, U.S. yacht racer and government official.
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Related Words for bus

integrate

Examples from the Web for bus

Contemporary Examples of bus

Historical Examples of bus

  • He had hoped that they would walk home or that they would get on to a 'bus!

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • A 'bus drove up as he reached the corner, and he climbed into it.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "That's a nice day," he said, when the 'bus had gone some distance.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The 'bus was now rolling over London Bridge, and the Cathedral could not be seen.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "You 'op on top, an' I'll tell you where to git off," the 'bus conductor said, and John did as he was bid.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for bus

bus

noun plural buses or busses

a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers between stopping places along a regular routeMore formal name: omnibus Sometimes called: motorbus
short for trolleybus
(modifier) of or relating to a bus or busesa bus driver; a bus station
informal a car or aircraft, esp one that is old and shaky
electronics computing short for busbar
the part of a MIRV missile payload containing the re-entry vehicles and guidance and thrust devices
astronautics a platform in a space vehicle used for various experiments and processes
miss the bus to miss an opportunity; be too late

verb buses, busing, bused, busses, bussing or bussed

to travel or transport by bus
mainly US and Canadian to transport (children) by bus from one area to a school in another in order to create racially integrated classes

Word Origin for bus

C19: short for omnibus
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Word Origin and History for bus
n.

1832, abbreviation of omnibus (q.v.). The modern English noun is nothing but a Latin dative plural ending. To miss the bus, in the figurative sense of "lose an opportunity," is from 1901, Australian English (OED has a figurative miss the omnibus from 1886). Busman's holiday "leisure time spent doing what one does for a living" (1893) is probably a reference to London bus drivers riding the buses on their days off.

v.

1838, "to travel by omnibus," from bus (n.). Transitive meaning "transport students to integrate schools" is from 1961, American English. Meaning "clear tables in a restaurant" is first attested 1913, probably from the four-wheeled cart used to carry dishes. Related: Bused; busing.

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